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"Pretty Women" Subversive Cross Stitch Pattern Inspired by Sweeney Todd

This hand-drawn subversive embroidery pattern was inspired by the Victorian urban legend (and modern musical) Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

Where as most of the musical numbers are equally horrific and hilarious--there is one number that is sugary sweet--set to a most tense scene of almost-murder. "Pretty Women" illuminates the beginnings of the story, I won't spoil it for those who have yet to see the movie, but suffice to say it tries to highlight both the perceived fragilities of women by the two men singing it--and also the intoxicating pull of love, desire, and fuel for vengeance that drives the tale.

Almost ironic in this reverie about all the things a woman is to these men, is the fact that the most intelligent, most cunning, and most steely character of the story is, in fact, a woman--I wanted to create a portrait of this character and representation for all women who may be sweet, beautiful, and the apple of their partner's eye--but who are also cut-throat in their resolve.

I like things to be pretty and carnal.

Blood and roses.

Sweet and vengeful.

Dark and twisty with a wisp of a giggle.

The duality of a woman--in my experience--runs far deeper than the duality of man.

Use this pattern to adorn bags, serve as Halloween decorations, hang it on your kitchen wall, or print it at 40% to make into a sultry and cynical bookmark. The possibilities are endless!

This PDF Pattern download includes:

~Full Page Pattern that can be adjusted to size requirements by changing your printing percentage
~Color coordination pattern for thread color and type.
~All stitches included have corresponding video and written tutorials on my website


This listing is for a digital PDF file of a PRINTABLE PATTERN, and not a physical product. After purchase, you will receive an email from payhip directing you to a link to download and save the pattern to your computer. Alternatively, you can download the pattern from your payhip account, by looking up your purchases. You can then print the file at home. Please email me if you encounter any difficulties.

The pattern is designed for standard 8.5x11 inch paper. However, you can print the pattern to suit your own print and paper settings.

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This pattern is for personal use only. Please credit Ashley Montague at Cinderella Sews Shop with any online descriptions of products made using my patterns. The URL link is

This pattern may not be sold, printed, shared, distributed or re-produced in any form. This pattern may not be used by commercial businesses or to mass-produce items.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at: Ashley [!at]

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